Female doctors are struggling to make ends meet and are increasingly struggling to provide services to male patients.
Key points:Dr Peter McKeown said he and other male doctors were under pressure to provide female patients with the same quality of careMale doctors are under pressure from the Federal Government to increase the number of female doctors on their boardsMale doctors fear they will be sidelined if they speak out about their experiencesDr McKeon is one of more than 20 male doctors who have publicly spoken out about how female doctors face discrimination.
He said he had faced harassment, including threats of violence and rape.
“When I’ve talked to female doctors, I’ve been called names,” Dr McKeone told the ABC’s Insiders program.
“Some of the comments were just absolute bullying and you can’t imagine what it’s like to be on a team of doctors when you’re trying to do your job.”
Dr Mckeown said the Federal government had been pressuring the State Government to introduce mandatory quotas for female doctors in their boards.
“It’s not a surprise,” Dr MacKeown, a GP at Tandragee, told Insiders.
Dr MacKeon said he was worried about his family’s future.””
It’s a shame that there’s a lot of uncertainty around quotas in some of the boards because there’s very few female doctors to begin with.”
Dr MacKeon said he was worried about his family’s future.
“They’re very worried about what’s going to happen with me,” he said.
“My wife is an emergency department nurse and we’re trying desperately to get her to stay in Brisbane.”
Dr McKay said male doctors felt they were under attack from the Government.
“The [Federal Government] is just trying to make sure that the women don’t lose their jobs,” he told Insides.
“There’s not really a policy on this yet but it’s a big issue.”